The Greenspire Staff

Kevin Kelly

As The Greenspire School enters its ninth year, I am honored to be a part of this fantastic educational community.  

I bring over two diverse decades of experience in education to Greenspire including classroom instruction, middle and high school principalships, professional development consulting with educators and administrators across the United States and extensive non-profit leadership experience. 

Sarah Payette

It has been a delight to be involved with the Greenspire community since its founding, first as a parent and now also as its Project Based Learning Coordinator and Assistant Head of School.

 

I agree with Greenspire’s philosophy that children learn best when they are engaged in stimulating projects, often in nature – and I have lived my own life that way as well.

I supplemented my own early education outdoors, growing up on a hobby farm in southeastern Michigan.

Emily Feaster

I was fortunate to grown up in the wonderful town of Lake Ann, Michigan, and attend Glen Lake Community Schools. I spent my summers playing on the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and exploring the woods of this beautiful area. Every summer was filled with camping, hiking and kayaking. Winters were always filled with snow shoeing, skiing and snowmobiling all over Michigan. These adventures drove my admiration of the outdoors from a very young age.

 

Corey Hansen

I've been with Greenspire since the Spring of 2012 and am so happy to be a part of this community.

I grew up in the Boardman River Valley of Northern Michigan where my family has lived for five consecutive generations. As a child I immersed myself in the exploration of the natural world spending much of time out of doors...

Kelly Francisco

I spent most of my childhood enjoying small town life in Elk Rapids and eventually graduating from Elk Rapids High School. Like most young adults from small towns, I was eager to leave and attended Grand Valley State University where I earned my B.S. in Education with a minor in Social Studies. During my college career I was able to study abroad in Egypt. Later travel in Thailand and Europe developed my real world interest in geography and history.

Marina Call

This will be my 2nd year teaching at The Greenspire School.  

 

I come from a family of teachers.  My father is a retired Spanish college and high school teacher and my brother teaches global politics at the United World College in Dilijan, Armenia. My first teaching experience was at the University of Alicante, Spain, and I have taught Spanish at various TCAPS schools.

Claire Alexander

When I was growing up, I had a lot of passion for different aspects of the world, including people, food, literature, and nature. Having been raised in Northern Michigan, I had a lot of opportunities to learn and adventure indoors and out.  After high school, I was able to develop many of those passions and it brought me to where I am today: teaching at an outstanding school. 

Katie Tomczyk

Back when I was in middle school, we had an elective class that required all students to complete a career "interest inventory" upon entering and leaving middle school. Somehow I managed to save these inventories years later. As a 6th grader, I wanted to play in the WNBA (I was NOT baller but I loved to play), and as an 8th grader, I wanted to be a physical therapist that used music for healing (no joke, I really wrote that). I'm glad I kept these inventories as I never would have remembered what middle-school Katie wanted to be. 

Philip Girard

Growing up in a rural area outside of Gaylord, MI, I developed a love of the outdoors early on. I would play and explore for hours in the wooded areas around my neighborhood. As a teenager, I came to know the Pigeon River State Forest quite well, as it was only a few minutes drive from my house. Camping, canoeing, and mountain biking became the main draw of the woods. When it came time to leave, I headed north to Northern Michigan University in Marquette. As I developed a love of the Upper Peninsula's wild places, it became apparent that I would follow a path towards environmental education. I graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Management in 2004, which was also the year I moved to Traverse City....

Kris Galoci

I was raised and have lived in Traverse City for most of my life and I love it - from the the smells and sounds of northern forests and lake shores, wild rice grown in the sloughs of Lake Superior, art and stories of local artists and authors to the lore and mystery of shipwrecks and the structural feat that spans the Mackinac Straits!

Susan Wooton

I am one of those lucky people who has always known what it is I am meant to do in life. I was raised in a family of educators, developing a passion for learning at a very young age. I enjoyed helping my dad prepare his classroom for a new school year and loved volunteering with my mom at the Adult Work Center and with Special Olympics. My sister, who has Down Syndrome, showed me that every child is unique and special. She taught me that every student learns in his/her own way, and that the true joy in teaching is to discover how a child learns and to tap into those strengths, allowing the student to blossom into the person that he/she is meant to be.

Tejas Mehta

I am incredibly excited to be at Greenspire for the 2019-2020 school year, which will be my first year here. I am originally from Chicago, and over the last few years worked at one of the most diverse high schools in the city, in the North Park neighborhood. Having double-majored in math and philosophy, I taught courses in both the English and Math departments – including Creative Writing, Social Justice, and Algebra.

Jill Rowley

As a little girl, I spent many days in my Grandpa Joe's fruit orchards in Leelanau County.  I knew early on that this beautiful area was where I wanted to live.

 

I earned my bachelors degree in human resources from Michigan State University.  Subsequently I worked for the Conservation Resource Alliance for 17 years before joining The Greenspire School. 

 

Torre Boone

Growing up in Suttons Bay, I was spoiled by all that Leelanau County had to offer.   I learned to appreciate the sunrises, sunsets, and the strength of our winds and lakes.    

 

I attended Northwestern Michigan College and then went on to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Family Studies at Central Michigan University.  I’ve worked in law offices for the past 17 years as a Legal Assistant and most recently at Willow Hill Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant.

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